I think a lot of people misunderstood this thread or at least Mizral worded it wrong. An ideal hockey player should be someone who has no real weaknesses, classy (to an extent), and a good leader (not necessarily a captain either). Classy guys like Yzerman wouldn't get my vote. I see the most ideal player in the NHL today to be Marian Hossa by a long shot. If I could start a franchise it would be with him.
Hossa is fast, strong, powerful, good slap and wrist, good defensive awareness, leader, physical, agressive, classy (no cheap shots), cheap, entering his prime, and is only gonna improve
Now I may hate Ottawa but I think this guy is without a doubt the most ideal player in the NHL. He beats out guys like Modano because of his cheaper salary. Plus he can play on his own and still easily net 35 goals IMO. I am surprised I only saw his name mentioned a few times in this thread.
That's how I interpreted the question too. As in, who is the player who would put forth the best image of the "hockey player". Not who is the best power forward or anything.
For this reason, I nominate guys like Linden, Yzerman, and Wade Redden. Redden still has a private box called Wade's World, that he has operated for probably close to 6 or 7 years now for sick or disadvantaged kids. Nobody realizes it, because Redden is quiet about it.
As for most complete, cheap and young hockey players, I might have said Heatley three weeks ago. He isn't a stud defensively yet, but he is improving, and seemed to be a genuinely caring kid. He also has that "good small town Canadian kid" image attached to him.
The other one I will throw out is Marian Hossa, who is complete in every aspect of the game, and could score 50 goals and possibly 100 points this season.
But my first interpretation was for the Linden, Yzerman and Redden type of guys.
How old is Hossa? What has he proven? How many contracts has he had?
We'll see what Hossa makes when's he 33.. you simply can't compare salaries with a decade of age difference between them.
I didn't know I was saying Hossa is gonna be the ideal hockey player when he is 33? The thread says the ideal hockey player. IMO Hossa is the ideal hockey player being on 24, being almost a complete player, and liking it or not having a small salary (for now). I didn't say Hossa is still gonna be the ideal hockey player 9 years from now and I doubt he will be. Hossa has proven a ton improving in all of his seasons scoring 45 goals last year and getting 35 assists. I think there is a three way tie right now for who the ideal hockey player is.
^^^im sure there are others similar but I hardly consider Yzerman one. Do you guys think he will play more then 60 games this season to go along with his 6 million? dollar salary?